The Athens of America
Boston does provide some backpacking and hitchhiking holiday opportunities, but there are some even better areas to explore slightly further afield in New England. The nearest backpacking holiday spot to the downtown area is Boston Harbor Islands. The islands offer backpackers thriving trails, historic lighthouses, tide pools, fishing, camping and tours. The islands host the oldest lighthouse sight in the United States and once provided a stronghold to defend Boston. A six-island round trip fare can be purchased for just over €10. Accommodation for backpackers in Boston is plentiful. A reliable, clean and well placed option is the Hostelling International hostel in downtown Boston. A bed in a six bunk dorm will cost €30 a night.